Our Spiritual Wholeness

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek {Gentiles}- Romans 1:16. The word salvation is in reference to our spiritual wholeness, a wholeness that fills up the empty void in the hearts and souls of men and women. Once we believe in the Gospel of Christ, we receive the actual power of God to enjoy our spiritual wholeness.” ~LMJ~

The Faith of the Gospel

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

The Epistle of Ephesians shows us that we have been raised (spiritually) to an elevated position, seated with Christ at the right hand of God. This is why God can give to us, His beloved children, spiritual wisdom and understanding in the true knowledge of Him. Philippians continues on with this wonderful knowledge that continues opening our eyes that we may truly see.

Philippians 1:27 – Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;

The word “conversation” is the word in the Greek Text for citizenship, for according to God’s Word our citizenship is already in heaven. The Scripture is imploring us to conduct our lives as heavenly citizens worthy of the Gospel of Christ. Paul says that whether he is present or absent that he wanted to hear that their Christian lives were being conducted as those who were standing fast in one spirit, and standing together in the knowledge of their citizenship. Paul wanted the believers to be of the same mind working together for the faith of the Gospel. The faith of the Gospel is our believing that God Almighty has indeed called us into the Gospel, and into His family, and that we can believe this together as members of the household of God.

Philippians 1:28-29:
-28:  And in nothing terrified by your adversaries: which is to them an evident token of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that of {or from} God.
-29:  For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake.

God’s healing Word encourages us not to be terrified, not to have fear about our adversaries, our opponents. In this life there are people who think we are off our rockers simply because we believe in that which is unseen (John 20:29). Our own personal adversaries sometimes scrutinize the way we walk before God, they even try to throw hurdles (by words or deeds) in our way to trip us up simply out of spite. This reminds me of the Psalm “They have prepared a net for my steps; my soul is bowed down: they have digged a pit before me, into the midst whereof they are fallen themselves. Selah” (Psalms 57:6). This is to them the “evident token of perdition” for they reap what they themselves sow. However, for us who do believe and continue standing, we will be receiving proof of our own salvation, and spiritual wholeness, and that is from God.

We are citizens of heaven itself, and we are ambassadors here on earth for Christ (II Corinthians 5:20). God has given to us diplomatic immunity from the course of this world. This is given to us “in the behalf of Christ” because he was our substitute for sin and all its consequences. Then verse 29 concludes with “but also to suffer for his sake.” This phrase has been used incorrectly and totally out of context, because the word “suffer” does not imply that we should allow our adversaries to cause us to suffer in any way. Rather the word means to endure with ever increasing experience, for not only are we going to heaven, but when we endure we will become stronger, setting even greater examples for one another who believe that God does deliver His children. When we have complete faith in the Gospel, knowing that God does deliver His children (I Corinthians 10:13; II Corinthians 1:10), and knowing that He has already given us a standing with Him, then our faith – our believing faith in the Gospel – will continue to strengthen and inspire us with godly blessings.

The Greatest Hope

“How many Christians are there who feel almost reticent or guilty just for being a believer, or embarrassed because they go to church, or ashamed for being associated with others who are of their same belief who have wrongfully abused their religion? But on the other hand, the Apostle Paul taught, For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth- Romans 1:16. Hope is what invigorates the believer to stand with God and fellow believers through adversity, and to help us endure the difficult times in life, because we have been given the hope of a blissful future. The greatest hope that the Christian has is the return of Christ to gather us up together with him in the clouds, and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words- I Thessalonians 4:17-18.” ~LMJ~

Right Believing

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Walking with God in right believing sounds like a pretty easy road to follow; however, from time to time in life we may make mistakes because no one is perfect, and at other times we may succumb to temptations. Sometimes we may think (or at least wonder) “will God ever want me back after this?” The answer is: OH yes – a thousand times a thousand He will take us back into His loving arms and spiritually cleanse us from our sins so that we may again walk with God in right believing. God’s loving embrace uplifts us into His own unending grace that is upon our very lives, for our names are written in the pages of the living memory (of the book of life) of God Himself. The heart of God’s eternal embrace is described and detail in many ways in the Epistle of Galatians and we will be looking at some of these details.

Galatians is an Epistle of correction, correcting the wrong practices of believers who have fallen from the doctrinal side of Romans, chapters 1 through 8. Galatians brings the believer back again into right believing of the foundational principles contained in the Epistle of Romans and shows the believers that their walks with the heavenly Father are never based on works (or even fears) of any kind. Galatians presents to the believers convincing arguments to help correct many deep-seated wrong practices, helping bring them back into the spiritual wholeness they once enjoyed.

Galatians 1:3-4:
-3:  Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ,
-4:  Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father:

Grace and peace are spiritual qualities of life made available to us by the will of God so that we may enjoy our spiritual lives. Christ gave himself for our sins to this end: that we may receive our salvation and be delivered from the evils that have saturated this world.

Romans 1:16 – For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek {Gentiles}.

The word salvation is in reference to our spiritual wholeness, a wholeness that fills up the empty void in the hearts and souls of men and women. Once we believe in the Gospel of Christ, we receive the actual power of God to enjoy our spiritual wholeness. God’s grace and peace satisfies our searching hearts and immerses us in the favorable graces of God; these are spiritual qualities of life that are God-given. Let us enjoy this day in our believing, knowing that Christ has delivered us from “this present evil world, according to the will of God,” for this is right believing.